What your kids will want

By summer’s end, 18 new video games will line the shelves of your favorite gaming store. What will make your kid say, “I want?” Let’s take a sneak peek.

There are two racing games due out this summer. The first is DIRT Showdown. It’s a down and dirty racing game with the trailer mantra of “Race Hard, Party Hard.” It’s rated E+10 for everyone older than 10 but includes a few choice hand gestures as racers crash and bang into each other to reach the finish line.


With honors … Sixteen students from St. Anne Catholic School competed with more than 1,000 students from across Texas in the 2012 Private Schools Interscholastic Association Academic State Meet AA Division held April 28 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. The St. Anne’s academic team proudly received 13th place out of 121 schools at the state meet, earning the highest ranking of any other elementary AA division team in Southeast Texas.


Buddy Wilcox runs a tight ship at Cici’s Pizza in Beaumont. The very busy owner/manager should know the ropes from his more than 10 years working for the company in the Dallas area. He has honed his skills to perfection in the five years he has owned the franchise in Beaumont.

Wilcox is a hands-on manager, busily handling the buffet line, helping answer customer questions, checking on hot pizzas coming out of the kitchen, and taking special orders for various combinations of toppings.


‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez

Directed by: Kirk Jones

Rated: PG-13

If it only takes nine months to have a baby, why does this movie about having babies seem to last more like nine years? If this is the best that Hollywood can deliver about the business of giving birth, then let’s segue quickly to the next superhero.


Battleship! Is it a board game, a movie or a video game? Well, it’s all three.

The Hasbro board game originally produced by Milton Bradley in 1943 has launched yet another first person shooter video game, available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii on May 15. The movie, a sci-fi action flick, was released in the U.S. on May 18. Obviously, the operative phrase this month is, “Prepare for battle.”